Performing arts summer camps cover everything from acting to singing. Yet when it is music that your high schooler truly loves, there are band camps in California that will challenge the teen and prepare her or him for the next school year’s band participation. Which summer camps stand out?
Cazadero Summer Music Camp: 2 Weeks for Accomplished Musicians
5000 Austin Creek Road in Cazadero, CA 95421
Is your teen a practicing musician with at least four years of experience? If the youngster knows her arpeggios from her chromatic scales, the Cazadero Summer Music Camp may be a good location. Instruments welcomed are those you would typically find in a jazz ensemble or concert band. Since the camp closes registrations for individual instruments, it is a good idea to enroll early. Sports, art and nature studies are also part of the band camp experience.
University of the Pacific: 1 Week Music Business Camp
3601 Pacific Avenue in Stockton, CA 95211
When you want to learn the business end of music, the University of the Pacific has a one-week camp that meets your need. Part reality-check and part orientation, aspiring high school teens learn what it takes to have a career in the music industry as a producer or artist developer.
Idyllwild Arts Academy: 2 Week Jazz Workshop
52500 Temecula Road in Idyllwild, CA 92549
Costing close to $3,000, this is one of the more expensive performing arts summer camps in California. That said, it is also one that is of special interest to the jazz-minded high school student. Teens learn how to perform in combos, make music theory work for them in improvisation and polish an already existing understanding of their chosen instruments. If your teen would prefer to spend two weeks with the high school symphony orchestra, she needs to record an audition DVD, MP3 or CD.
Arrowbear Music Camp: 2 week High School Honor Band Members
Music Camp Road in Running Springs, CA 92382
Audition for permission to participate in the advanced full band and orchestra camp. While elementary school sessions cater to beginners who have only limited playing experience on their chosen instruments, the high schoolers need to be proficient. Of course, there is more to this camp than just music. Campers enjoy hiking, volleyball and swimming. There are also the usual campfire activities each night.
These one and two week away camps are good choices for the teen who wants a bit of space from mom and dad while honing a solid musical talent. Yet what do you do when finances – or parental worry – do not allow for away camp? If you live near Los Angeles, you have the option of sending the teen to the College of Music for the Summer Xperience. Participants older than 10 years participate in daily sessions that focus on performance and production. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.